Hawks’ John Collins believes he should be in conversation for Most Improved Player award
Atlanta Hawks second-year big man John Collins has made a huge leap this season, and he believes the way he played and his production this year warrant a massive consideration for the Most Improved Player award.
I asked John Collins who’s averaging 20 PPG and 10 RBPG if he cares about getting Most Improved Player.
“I feel like I’m competing against those two guys, and I have a damn good resume.”
The two guys he named were D’Angelo Russell, and Pascal Siakam. pic.twitter.com/zxxdOlKqPK
— Ben Stinar (@BenStinar) March 14, 2019
The Most Improved Player of the Year award is given to individuals who have taken major strides to elevate their game from the previous season to the current one, and it’s tough to argue with Collins’ point.
Collins is one of the few bright spots in Atlanta this year. Aside from averaging 19.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game this season, the sophomore big man is also shooting an impressive 56.8 percent from the field and 37 percent from deep. He can’t be ignored on defense either, as he’s blocking almost one shot every game.
However, the two guys Collins mentioned are definitely the front-runners to win the Most Improved Player of the Year honors, with Brooklyn Nets’ D’Angelo Russell becoming an All-Star for the first time in his career and Pascal Siakam emerging as a star for the Toronto Raptors — even with the presence of Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry.
Another guy that Collins failed to mention is Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George, who has a legitimate chance of winning both the league MVP and MIP honors.
There’s no denying the fact that John Collins is a talented player, and if he does win the award, he definitely deserves it.